2018 marks the 150th anniversary of RICS. To celebrate this milestone, we're launching our Pride in the Profession initiative to showcase the significant and positive impact surveyors have made to society. We've already dug into the archives to find some exceptional examples, which are listed below.
By promoting these incredible people and projects we want to demonstrate how varied and rewarding a surveying career can be. To make it happen, we need you to nominate the people and projects you admire most.
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20 Sep 2017
The Daytona 500 is the most prestigious NASCAR race, and ranks with the Indianapolis 500 in US auto racing folklore. The race celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2018 in a newly refurbished venue, thanks in large part to the efforts of Derek Muldowney MRICS.
For over two decades, Concorde was the final word in supersonic travel on its regular route from London to New York. Passengers who could afford the tickets could cross the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound. But its final journey was rather different, more complicated and a lot slower; Concorde travelled from Heathrow to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune (near Edinburgh), not by air but via land, river and sea.
The potential of major infrastructure investments in driving wider economic regeneration and growth is widely recognised. However, smaller scale investments in infrastructure regeneration can pay significant dividends too.
Hong Kong is seen by many as a modern, bustling city that is proud to be one of the world’s leading centres of finance. However, like other cities across the globe, Hong Kong is seeking to actively develop its tech sector and ensure a dynamic and diverse approach to commerce.
Irene Barclay, the first woman to qualify as a chartered surveyor and a social housing pioneer, is widely recognised as one of the leading social reformers of the 20th century.
Cathy Linacre, 31 Jul 2017
Monday 31 July 2017 sees the official celebrations marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which lasted until 6 November and was fought for control of the ridges south and east of the City of Ypres.
23 Jan 2017
The year was 1868 and 53 gentlemen from the property profession met at the Westminster Palace Hotel in London. The main agenda item was a proposal to set up a formal association to be referred to as the ‘Institution of Surveyors’.
11 Jan 2017
Following on from previous articles on RICS Presidents from 100 years ago, our president from 1916–1917 proved to be a very different personality from his predecessor, Mr Hanson. Indeed, not only was he the first president to hail from Ireland, but he also seems to have been very active in the politics of that country at the time.
Cathy Linacre, 13 Nov 2016
Leopold Reginald Hargreaves, known as "Rex", was one of 66 chartered surveyors killed during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago in 1916. What makes this story stand out from other similar stories I've researched? Rex was the son of Alice Liddell, who the character of Alice in the literary classic 'Alice in Wonderland' was based.
25 Oct 2016
Each year, RICS’ Governing Council elects a President, a President-elect and a Senior Vice President. The term for these positions is one year, with the holders taking office in June/July.
Cathy Linacre, 04 Oct 2016
I came across a wonderful article from 1980 in the old RICS journal 'Chartered Surveyor'. In it, Partner at John P Dickins and Sons Peter Leigh imagines what "buying a house in the year 2005" might be like. What did he get right? What are we doing now and what was wide of the mark? Is there anything he imagined that you’d still like to happen — hovercar anyone?
09 Aug 2016
While some surveying jobs are more mundane, others are truly memorable. Explore these stories of surveying secret rooms, oil tankers and 12th century castles.
Cathy Linacre, 05 Aug 2016
A recent online search on the term “Chartered Surveyor” brought to light this film held by the BFI (British Film Institute) and made for RICS in 1964. I have known of its existence for a long time as its technical director, Alan Gillett, has often told me about it. Incidentally Alan is in the video as the man up a ladder checking a balcony about 7 minutes in - take a look.
Cathy Linacre, 28 Jun 2016
As the commemorations for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme approach it is easy to get overwhelmed by the numbers quoted. The British army suffered 57,470 casualties on the first day (1 July) alone while 19,240 of this number were killed or died of wounds. I have taken a look at what this battle meant for the members of the Surveyors’ Institution, as the RICS was then known.
13 May 2016
On the 9 of September 2014, George Cadbury was awarded an honorary membership of RICS for his work with the Bournville Village Trust.
29 Apr 2016
Congratulations to renowned poet Robert Burns, who we've recently recognised for his fantastic work as a land surveyor.
18 Jan 2016
John Henry Hanson FRICS became President of the Surveyors’ Institution for the years 1915/16, and took pride in being the first Yorkshireman to achieve this status.
Annette Howard, 18 Dec 2015
A treasured document in our Library archive is a Christmas card sent from a German prisoner of war camp by RICS member Major John R Hodgson to the President of the Chartered Surveyors' Institution on 26 November 1943.
Cathy Linacre, 10 Nov 2015
The First World War does not appear in the transactions of the Surveyors' Institution (as RICS was then called) until November 1914, as the previous meeting had been in May - before the shooting of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of hostilities.
Percy Haggis was the first member of the Surveyors' Institution to be killed in World War One. He died on 10 October 1914 at Moerbeke. The transactions note that he was a prisoner of war who was shot while trying to escape. He was 24 years old.
Cathy Linacre, 18 Sep 2015
Many chartered surveyors won gallantry medals during the First World War but unfortunately these were only listed in our transactions in the early days of the war. However a list in the 1915 volume lists one medal from almost exactly 100 years ago.
20 Aug 2015
Ken Wilkinson, was one of the UK’s last surviving former Spitfire pilots from the Battle of Britain.During the war he flew with 616 and the 19 Squadron and said his role was to 'keep the German fighters away from Britain’s Hurricane planes.'
Annette Howard, 29 Jul 2015
On 29 July 1999, as part of double centenary celebrations marking the opening of our HQ building in 1899 and the founding of our benevolent fund LionHeart, our Royal Patron, Queen Elizabeth II, visited RICS at Great George Street.
HM Queen Elizabeth II, RICS' Royal Patron, visited RICS HQ at Great George Street on 29 July 1999. This special visit was to mark the double centenary of the opening of the building and the creation of RICS' benevolent organisation, Lionheart. Read her speech in full.
Cathy Linacre, 02 Jun 2015
There has been a lot in the news recently about the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War which ran from 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. 12 members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (then called the Surveyors’ Institution) died in the campaign, which aimed to secure a sea route for Britain’s Russian allies and to capture the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern Istanbul).
© RICS 2017
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